Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (December 2009)|
|Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs|
|Location||Madison, Wisconsin, United States|
|Campus||University of Wisconsin–Madison|
The Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, commonly known as the La Follette School, is a graduate public policy school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. It offers master's degrees in public affairs and international public affairs, and joint degrees with other departments. The La Follette School is housed in the Observatory Hill Office Building.
The school was founded in 1967 as the Center for the Study of Public Policy and Administration by Clara Penniman, the first woman to chair the university's political science department. In 1983 it was separated from the department by an act of the Wisconsin Legislature, which established an Institute of Public Affairs named for Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator Robert M. La Follette, Sr. The Institute was upgraded to a School in 1999.
Program of study
Two graduate degrees are offered by the La Follette School:
- Master of Public Affairs (MPA)
- Master of International Public Affairs (MIPA)
The MPA is based around a core curriculum of policy analysis and development, public management, microeconomics, and statistics. The MIPA has a greater focus on macroeconomics and international trade. Both are designed as two-year professional programs, with a capstone research project for real-world clients during the final semester. Students select one or more focus fields, such as public finance, health policy, public management, social and poverty policy, or international development.
Students may enroll in joint degree programs with other university departments:
- Law and Public Policy, with the Law School (JD and MPA)
- Urban Planning and Public Affairs, with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (MS in urban and regional planning and MPA)
- Public Health and Public Policy, with the School of Medicine and Public Health (Master of Public Health and MPA)
- Energy Analysis and Public Policy, with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (MPA with a certificate in energy analysis and policy
- Neuroscience and Public Policy, with the Neuroscience Training Program (Ph.D. in neuroscience and MPA)
An accelerated program allows undergraduate students to complete their first year of graduate study during their senior year.
- U.S. News, University of Wisconsin--Madison: Public Affairs. Accessed December 10, 2013.